AppearanceThis is a small, papillate sea hare with low parapodia. Its body is cream marked with fine, longitudinal brown lines that may be interrupted in some animals. It is decorated with blue and gold ocelli.when mature (young animals lack ocelli and the ocelli gradually become more prominent and numerous with age). Mature animals lack a shell although it's present in very small juveniles.
NamingQuoy & Gaimard, 1832
BehaviorIt is primarily nocturnal although it often remains in the open during the day.
FoodIt feeds on cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), particularly of the genus Lyngbya, and the blue and gold ocelli may represent aposematic coloration "advertising" the presence of toxins concentrated from its food.
DefenseLike many Sea Hares they produce a purple ink when disturbed.
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